Sannhet – “Lost Crown” (Stereogum Premiere)
The Brooklyn-based trio Sannhet released their debut album, 2013’s Known Flood, on a label called Sacrament — which was actually an imprint started by the guys who run the Greenpoint venue St. Vitus, where Sannhet were something of a fixture for the past few years. St. Vitus is primarily known as a metal bar, and Sannhet primarily opened for metal bands, and are themselves frequently tagged as a “metal” band in some capacity: post-metal or metalgaze or experimental metal or something. Like Pelican and Russian Circles, though, Sannhet are probably somewhat mislabeled in that sense; because it’s entirely instrumental, their music is much closer to that of post-rock acts like Explosions In The Sky or Godspeed You! Black Emperor than it is even their closest metal-ish counterparts: Deafheaven, Alcest, etc. All of this is to say that Sannhet make music that largely defies categorization — it’s epic, cinematic stuff; its complex instrumentation is employed in the service of soaring, breathtaking music. The band will soon release their sophomore album on a new label, the San Francisco-based avant-metal shop the Flenser, home to the likes of Botanist, Bosse-De-Nage, Wreck And Reference, and Kayo Dot. All those artists make music that feels especially singular, otherworldly, so there’s probably no more apt home for Sannhet, too. We’ve got a Revisionist track for you to spin today, and once you listen, you’ll know what I mean. Listen.
Revisionist is out 3/3 via The Flenser.